Sufi Orders and Movements: Turkey, South Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, the Caucasus, and the Arab East
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Many contemporary scholars have noted that the mystical or Sufi interpretation and practice of Islam is an arena that provides scope for female participation and women's leadership. Others (Murata, Ahmed) have understood Sufism as providing a counter or alternative philosophical strand within Islamic traditions that allows for greater expression of feminine spirituality.

The fact that many …

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Hermansen, Marcia, “Sufi Orders and Movements: Turkey, South Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, the Caucasus, and the Arab East”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0149d>
First published online: 2009



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